Today, we’re looking at some good basics to consider when designing or remodeling a kitchen. These simple ideas will make your kitchen more functional, and will stretch your budget a little bit more.
- drawers or pull out shelves in nearly all bottom cabinets. They’re good for multiple generations, young or old. They’re an efficient use of the space by opening up full accessibility to all the contents. And dog-gone it, aren’t you tired of hefting a stack of plates from the dishwasher up to eye level?
- plan for lighting; and the right kind. You need enough recessed lights in the ceiling. Pendant lights over eating areas. But be extra sure you have under-cabinet lighting and/or mirror anywhere you’ll be cutting or reading a recipe.
- adding an island with a serving bar (glass is, of course, our vote). This creates an eye catching focal point in the room while also setting boundaries. It will improve your work flow considerably, and be extremely practical to clean and care for.
- keep your edgeworks simple. A lot of countertop fabricators can do incredible stuff. They have fanciful names like “triple waterfalls” or “double ogee”, but a regular polished edge is usually a lovely look for a good base price.
- make surfaces multi-function. Glass cabinet inserts allow you an instant message board. A painted glass backsplash is also wall art. And of course, any mirror you add will add more light to the space.
- weigh the trends. Do you really need a wine fridge? Is it worth the space you’ll be giving up for something else? Or is it destined to be the bread machine of the future? Do you want a TV in there, or just a sensible dock for your iPad? Technological advancements can be really simple sometimes when you’re honest with yourself.
What is your best suggestion for value in a kitchen design?